UN Report on the Central African Republic: Is the Glass Reflecting the International Community's Efforts Half-Empty or Half-Full?

Jurist - Academic Commentary, February 14, 2015, Online

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 165

5 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2015 Last revised: 16 Jul 2019

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Chris Jenks

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: February 14, 2015

Abstract

In January 2015, UN published the final report of the International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Central African Republic (CAR). The report is significant on a number of levels. The report documents the wrongful killing of thousands and furthers the discussion on whether the crime of genocide should be expanded to include cultural genocide based on ethnic cleansing. Without understanding the nature and history of the armed conflict(s) in CAR one cannot understand the difficulties the COI faced in conducting their investigation and the resulting limitations on their report. To that end the report includes helpful annexes on the ethnic groups in CAR and their zones of influence as well as the conflict's impact on causing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians, both within CAR and to nearby countries. The report presents a snapshot of CAR and the international community's efforts. Peacekeeping missions in CAR have surely prevented a bad situation from devolving to something much worse. Yet CAR remains at a tipping point. As one of the experts on the COI noted, it is not that genocide definitely has not occurred in CAR, it may have. And genocide may still (or continue to) occur if we do not pay attention. 2015 will provide significant indicators on which direction CAR is headed. Sadly there are a number of factors suggesting that the goal of viable domestic criminal justice accountability mechanisms in CAR ending impunity will remain elusive.

Keywords: United Nations, Central African Republic, Investigation, Report, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing

Suggested Citation

Jenks, Chris, UN Report on the Central African Republic: Is the Glass Reflecting the International Community's Efforts Half-Empty or Half-Full? (February 14, 2015). Jurist - Academic Commentary, February 14, 2015, Online; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 165. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2566279

Chris Jenks (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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